By William Varner

This paintings presents the texts and translations of 3 historic Jewish-Christian dialogues: The discussion of Athanasius and Zacchaeus (Greek, 4th c.); The discussion of Simon and Theophilus (Latin, fifth c.); and The discussion of Timothy and Aquila (Greek, sixth c.). this can be the 1st released translation of every of those texts. An creation discusses the context of those dialogues within the "Contra Judaeos" literature of the early church and in addition explores the query of whether they characterize any genuine dialogue among Jews and Christians and likewise what reasons those dialogues served. cautious realization has been made to the dialogues' use of the Bible, specifically the outdated testomony, in furthering the dialogue concerning the Messiah. To this finish a accomplished Scriptural Index encourages better comparative learn of those dialogues. it's the translator's goal to show those works, that have been the fear of a small circle of centred students, to a much broader scholarly viewers and to motivate better research of them and their function within the background of Jewish Christian family.

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Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; behold, a virgin will conceive in the womb, and will bring forth a son. and you will call his name Immanuel (lsa. 7:11-14). The great sign which the Lord offered before all was this: that a younger woman would conceive and bear a son but not from a man like the normal practice among human beings. 33. Zacchaeus said: The sign was this: Before the child would know how to call his mother or father. he would receive the power of Damascus and vessels of Samaria (lsa.

Gather yourselves in order that I may announce to you, sons of your Father (Gen. 49: 1). Because a ruler will not cease from Judah nor a prince from his thighs until he comes for whom it is appointed, and he will be the expectation of the Gentiles. 48. Zacchaeus said: He was speaking about David that he would be born from Judah after generations. Athanasius said: Yet it was from David that the rulers sprang up. The prophecy says that until then the rulers would be of the Jewish race until he comes for whom it is appointed and he will be the expectation Of the Gentiles.

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